Did you know a routine oil change in a McLaren F1 costs about $8,000 and annual maintenance costs are estimated to be roughly $30,000 every year? Or that the rubber fuel cell service every five years requires the powertrain to be removed?
That’s why some folks were probably hesitant when Chevrolet announced that it was changing the legendary Corvette to a mid-engine format – like the McLaren – for the 2020 model year.
Oh, no, how will we ever afford maintenance on a mid-engine Stingray, some moaned.
No worries, did you really think the company that gave you plenty of luggage space in the front and back at a starting MSRP of less than $60,000 would really make a Corvette that is ultra-expensive to maintain?
In fact, Torque News recently showed a photo of the bottom of a C8 Corvette that apparently reveals a cutout for the oil filter and possibly the drain plug, design factors that should make it a breeze for all the do-it-yourself oil changers out there.
It’s a good thing that cutout is there, too, since the underbelly of the slick new Stingray is coated with plenty of aero panels that minimize drag and air turbulence.
Of course, one advantage that the McLaren F1 does have over the Corvette is its ridiculous resale value. The last one of about 106 built from 1992 to 1998 sold for $11 million – definitely making those high maintenance costs worth it.
Still, it’s nice knowing that for average Joes like us, just changing the oil in our new mid-engine Corvette won’t send us to bankruptcy court.
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